The Washington, D.C National Building Museum’s new exhibition, Designing for Disaster, features Research Physical Scientist Jack Cohen, Missoula, in an online video about his research focused on reducing homeowner risk in the wildland-urban interface. Jack’s post-fire field examinations and laboratory-based research on fire dynamics led to the concept of the home ignition zone, a phrase he coined. The exhibition examines how the public assess risks from natural hazards and how they can create policies, plans, and designs yielding safer, more disaster-resilient communities. This exhibit runs from May 11, 2014 — August 2, 2015.
Courtesy of: National Building Museum
Date: May 5, 2014
Jack D. Cohen, Research Physical Scientist
No one has done more to define the wildland-urban interface problem and empower homeowners to reduce their risk of wildfire than Jack Cohen. His post-fire field examinations and laboratory-based research on fire dynamics led to the concept of the home ignition zone, a phrase he coined. Cohen also co-developed the U.S. National Fire Danger Rating System and contributed to the U.S. fire behavior prediction systems.